Grammar school is proud of its famous Olympians

Former Olympic silver medallist, Roger Black
Former Olympic silver medallist, Roger Black
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Portsmouth Grammar School has produced many fine athletes who have distinguished themselves at an international level, and is proud of its four Olympians and Paralympians who have achieved varying degrees of success over the past century.

Undoubtedly the most famous was Roger Black who attended the Old Portsmouth school from 1977 to 1984. He was born in Gosport and was head boy at PGS in 1983/84.

Ed Leask (centre) competing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics

Ed Leask (centre) competing in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics

During his athletics career, Black won individual silver medals in the 400 metres sprint at both the Olympic Games and World Championships, two individual gold medals at the European Championships, and 4x400m relay gold medals at both the World and European Championships.

Roger is now a television presenter, commentator and corporate motivational speaker, and was selected as a member of Team 2012 ambassadors by the British Olympic Association.

He is pictured here with the silver medals he won at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, finishing second to the legendary Michael Johnson in the 400m final and as part of the GB team in the 4x400m event.

Ross Morrison, a PGS pupil from 1990-1998, is one of the country’s leading players of the fast and intense sport of wheelchair rugby, otherwise known as murderball, described by Morrison as the only contact wheelchair sport in the world.

Three times a European champion, he also competed in the Athens Paralympics in 2004 and Beijing in 2008.

The British team is highly ranked and is in with a good chance of a medal in London. The event will be broadcast from September 5-9.

Leonard Dawe went to the school from 1902-1909. Three years after leaving he signed for Southampton FC, scoring on his debut against Plymouth Argyle.

He was a member of the Great Britain football squad for the 1912 Olympic Games but was not selected to play.

He played once for the England national amateur team in the same year, and made a further 10 appearances for Southampton before concentrating on his teaching career.

He became headmaster of The Strand School in south London and, in his spare time, was a crossword compiler for the Daily Telegraph.

John Hanlon, a pupil between 1919 and 1923 was selected for the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics in the 400m and 400m relay, but was eliminated in the first round.

However, the following year at the AAA Championships, he triumphed in the 220 and 440 yards and was a member of the winning 4x400 yard relay team in 1932.

He competed in the British Empire Games of 1930 and the following year won a silver medal in the 4x110 yard relay.

Hanlon was the first police constable to qualify and practise as a barrister and was the author of the Police Manual.

Ed Leask went to PGS between 1955 and 1965.

In 1970, he won a silver medal at the International Flying Dutchman World Championships.

In 1984 and 1988 he represented his country at the Los Angeles and Seoul Olympics in the Soling (three-man keelboat) competition, coming fourth on both occasions.

Ed is chairman of the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, the 2012 Olympic sailing venue, and is a leading figure in marine sport and sports marketing.